Notcutts resume redevelopment programme after 2020/21 pause

Sales down and profits up during the pandemic, reports Notcutts as it resumes garden centre improvements including a multi £m redevelopment at Oxford. Read more

Caroline Notcutt, Nick Burrows, Bridget McIntyre

Ames builds capacity and resilience for 2022

Ames doubles production and warehousing capacity, building inventory to 16 weeks across all core products in its drive to build turnover to £150m. Read more

Liza Goucher - marketing and Nick Jones - commercial director with Paul North, MD

Blue Diamond does not share suppliers’ optimism over 2022

Alan Roper says that expecting 2022 to be better than the current year is to be too optimistic.  And Christmas supplies? “It’s going to be a nail biter.” Read more

Alan Roper, Managing Director of Blue Diamond Garden Centres

Caulders Garden Centres buy Hetland Garden Centre in Dumfries

Caulders Garden Centres, Scotland’s fastest growing garden centre operators, are to buy Hetland Garden Centre in Dumfries. Read more

Colin Barrie

Second little dobbies opens in London

Dobbies Garden Centres has opened its second London-based little dobbies and the fourth overall to open in the last 12 months. Read more

A very good year for Woodthorpe Hall

2020 was a very good year of trading at Woodthorpe Hall Garden Centres Ltd, the first full trading period since buying 14 garden centres from Wyevale during in February and June 2019. Read more

The red dots are Woodthorpe Hall Garden Centres

BGC to rebuild Tarporley Garden Centre

British Garden Centres have been given consent to replace the existing glass buildings at Tarporley with a purpose-built garden centre. Read more

Blue Diamond adopts Critizr for customer relationship drive

Blue Diamond has announced a partnership with Customer Interaction Management specialists Critizr, to improve customer experience across its portfolio of garden centres. Read more

Redfields Garden Centre

5th little dobbies is to open

Dobbies is to open its 3rd little dobbies store in greater London in a former Topshop, having appointed Savills to roll out the brand across the UK. Read more

little dobbies - Westbourne Grove

Dramatic 18 months for Mr Fothergill’s

Mr Fothergill’s revealed the dramatic 18 months of growth and restrictions that the seed supplier, like many garden suppliers, has had to navigate and asks what will be the New Normal? Read more

Runner beans on the Mr Fothergill's trials grounds

New owners for White Lodge Garden Centre

On Wednesday White Lodge Garden Centre near Turriff in Aberdeenshire closes to re-open on Saturday under new ownership as Parkhill at White Lodge. Read more

Significant investment promised for Compo as MBO completes

Duke Street has completed the acquisition of Compo, the largest European producer and distributor of consumer gardening soil, fertiliser, plant protection and lawn seeds. Read more

New opening roof to provide year-round shopping at Highfield

Highfield Garden World, a leading family owned destination garden centre in Gloucestershire, has secured permission to build a 3,362m² structure with an opening roof over its plant area. Read more

Three generations of the Greenway family

Garden centres back launch of Sproutl

UK tech start-up, Sproutl, has launched an online gardening marketplace, with Polhill, Rosebourne and Millbrook as partners and $9m of seed funding. Read more

Anni Noel-Johnson with Andy Done

Green-tech adds Rainbird Irrigation Systems to its portfolio

Green-tech has joined forces with Rainbird, a leading global manufacturer and provider of irrigation products. Read more

Record £2m rebate for Choice members

Choice Marketing announced at its annual conference that it is looking for new members as it revealed a record supplier rebate and its 'Suppliers of the year'. Read more

Kaemingk's Sander Tunissen and Julie Taylor with Michelle de Lavis-Trafford and Terry Maywood

Founder of Wildlife World hands over to Mark Pitman

Norman Sellers who started Wildlife World in the 1990’s is stepping back to become non-exec chairman.  The new managing director is Mark Pitman. Read more

Norman Sellers

Klondyke completes redevelopment of Polmont GC

Klondyke completes the redevelopment of Polmont Garden Centre that increases the size fourfold following the relocation of the head office. Read more

Carbon Gold wins Best Eco-Friendly Product Award

Carbon Gold, the leading supplier of biochar products to professional growers, tree care specialists and gardeners around the world, has been announced as the winner of the Eco-Friendly Products Award in the 2021 Great British Growing Awards. Read more

Acquisition by Evergreen GC in Germany

Evergreen Garden Care has acquired GPI Green Partners International GMBH in Germany, a leading supplier of fertilisers and plant protection products. Read more

Trade ahead of forecast in first BGC South accounts

The inaugural accounts for BGC South have been published for the period ending 31/12/2020.  This gives a first look at one of the two companies that comprise British Garden Centres. Read more

Yellow dots for BGC South

Veolia innovation increases composting recovery

Following successful large-scale trials, Veolia has demonstrated a new way of treating the 25% of green waste that ends up being sent for disposal or re-composting. Read more

It’s August, so that means….Christmas!

Smart’s band of Singing Elves, a.k.a. The Wrappers, are already despatching seasonal deliveries to the UK’s garden centres….. Read more

Autumn bulb lifting delayed by torrential rain

The bulb harvesting programme is delayed 2 weeks leading to a delay in deliveries according to Taylors Bulbs, because of weather in the spring and now in August. Read more

Plants Galore in free give away of plants worth £100k

Staff shortages are forcing Devon based Plants Galore to give away £100k of plants.  Customers can collect them from their garden centres this weekend. Read more

Is T&M for sale?

The financial website, This is Money, has reported that the owners of Thompson & Morgan, are working with advisers from KPMG on 'strategic options', which could lead to a sale. Read more

Evergreen grows ahead of the market and competitors

Evergreen Garden Care releases GfK figures to show it is leading the charge in the booming garden care category. Read more

Hillier Trees for Maggie’s new cancer support centre

Hillier Trees has supplied more than 100 British-grown trees, helping to create a tranquil oasis for visitors to the new Maggie’s cancer centre in Southampton Read more

Local MP demands answers from Dobbies over closure of Butterfly World

A local MP has urged Dobbies, in Edinburgh News, to provide answers and halt dismantling of the site of Butterfly and Insect World until all options are explored. Read more

Dobbies to create around 1000 jobs over the next five years

Dobbies tells Environment Minister Rebecca Pow that the business is set to create around 1000 jobs over the next five years as it signs up for ‘Plant for our Planet’. Read more

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow and Dobbies GEO Graeme Jenkins

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